Gas gift cards
Whether you're planning on stuffing it in a stocking or tucking it under a tree, the gift card is a go-to idea for many a harried shopper.
But what kind of gift card should you get for Aunt Sally or cousin Mike? That's where Bankrate comes in. Using data we collected from Aug. 27 to Sept. 11, 2014, we looked at the terms and features of 62 different gift cards, including general purpose cards, store-branded retail cards, restaurant cards, airline cards and gas station cards.
Using the chart below, you can compare these cards to find out the one that suits your needs based on factors such as the amount you can put on the card to any fees it costs to buy one. This way, everyone comes out a winner this season.
Select card features:
- Inactivity fee
- PIN available
- Loss/theft protection
- Free shipping
- Purchase fees
- Online balance check
7-ElevenLoading limits: $100 maximum
Chevron/TexacoLoading limits: In-store: $25, $50, $100. Online/Phone: $5-$100.
- Reloadable at gas stations, but not online.
- When purchasing the $5 GC, it must be purchased in a pack of 10.
- Shipping fee: $2.95.
- Purchase fee: $0.50 for the $10, $15, $20 cards.
- Processing fee: $3.75 for any order.
CitgoLoading limits: $5-$300
- Buy in store.
- Card can be reloaded only 5 times.
ExxonLoading limits: $25, $50, $100
- Shipping fee: $2.95 standard first-class mail.
- Purchase fee (processing fee): 3.75% of gift card amount.
ShellLoading limits: $10-$300
- Website says, "Except in certain circumstances, the value of this card will not be replaced if the card is lost, stolen or destroyed."